Here's the newest area in USJ-- a whole "land" for the Wizard of Oz! As always, the themeing is exquisite and elaborate. As an Oz fan, I think they take too much of a visual cue from the movie, rather than the books, but I suppose that will always be the case because it's more "commerical" to do so.
So, what's the big ride in the Oz land? It's the Merry-Go-Round. Yes, that's right. The big attraction for the area is a carousel. All that hype and promotion for … a carousel?! Yeah, I guess so. I have to keep repeating "yeah, that's right," because I can hardly believe it myself. Granted, they do have to big shows-- an animal show and a mini-version of the musical Wicked. And a kiddie restaurant (how many puns on the word 'munchkins' can you get!) and some merch shops-- both of which weren't opened yet.
This area is a complete make-over of the Western area of the park. Guess the American frontier is a hard sell for Japanese? Shrug. The only things that were here were a wild west stunt show and an "animal actors" stage, so it's pretty much just a re-themeing. But it also meant that their western restaurant is no more… Dang. They actually had some good barbeque. Not to many of those around this country, too.
BTW, there is a character and a book called "Merry-Go-Round in Oz." How obscure a trivia question is that!